An Indescribable Beauty: Letters Home to Germany from Wellington, New Zealand

Indescribable Beauty medium:

by Friedrich Krull


This unique book is a small but priceless addition to the historical record of early New Zealand.

On January 27, 1859, an adventurous young German arrived in Wellington after a four-month voyage on a Swedish ship.
With great alacrity we helped the sailors weigh anchor, and with what suspense did H and I stand on the foredeck to get the first view of the town which was to become our new home, Friedrich Krull writes. After we entered through the narrow straits a beautiful harbour lay before us, surrounded by high hills, and behind it more hills ascending to the snowline. In the east we saw Wellington itself, stretching along the coast for a mile. We were amazed: we had not expected the place to be so big.

So began the first of many letters Krull would write at the behest of the German naturalist and historian Ernst Boll - published in English translation in this outstanding book.

- The astonishing letters of a 22-year-old German settler in early New Zealand.
- Vivid descriptions of people, landscapes and birds of early Wellington, Wairarapa, Kapiti and surrounds.
- Reports on meetings with Te Rauparaha's son and nephew, founders of Maori King movement.
- Perceptive insights into the lives of Pakeha and Maori on the eve of the New Zealand Wars.
- Beautifully illustrated with paintings and photographs from the time.
- The writer travelled on foot and horse around the lower and central North Island and gained unprecedented access to Maori leaders.

Print edition price: NZ $38.00
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Reviews, interviews, author events

A wonderful four-part series of An Indescribable Beauty has been produced by Radio New Zealand National - click here to listen to it.

A German book blog has reviewed An Indescribable Beauty - click here to read it.

Product details

ISBN: 978-1-877551-33-8
Imprint:
Pages: 144 - includes 45 illustrations and index
Format: Hardback (quarterbound)
Size/Weight: 180 x 170mm
Illustrations:
Published: August 2012
Author(s): Friedrich Krull